The 5 Best Oil Burner Controls [Ranked]
Oil burner controls are designed to control oil burners (duh!), their oil valves, if you would like, as well as the ignition transformer that responds to calls for heat (Source).
Oil burner controls will provide an automatic and non-recycling mechanism of control for intermittent ignition oil burner systems (Source).
Most will feature a flame sensing circuit that is solid-state, LEDs on terminal strips to indicate to you whether a system lockout has occurred, a safety switch that includes an external reset button as well as manual levers for safely performing system maintenance (Source).
Let's take a look at five of the best-selling oil burner controls on the market today.
|Oil Burner Controls||Price||Our Rating||Weight||Dimensions|
|The ICM Controls ICM1502 Intermittent Ignition Oil Primary Control||$||5.0||14.9 oz||N/A|
|The Honeywell R7284U-1004 Universal Electronic Oil Primary||$$||4.8||1.4 lbs||7 x 5 x 4.5 inches|
|The Honeywell R8184G4009 International Oil Burner Control||$$||4.5||1.2 lbs||4.7 x 4.5 x 3.5 inches|
|The ICM Controls ICM1503 Oil Primary||$||5.0||15.2 oz||N/A|
|The Honeywell R8184M1051 Relay Oil Burner Control||$$$||4.6||2.9 lbs||4.7 x 4.8 x 6.7 inches|
Our Top Pick
Our favorite is the Honeywell R8184M1051. This oil burner control Includes a 40 VA transformer as well as Y and G terminals enabling you to connect cooling equipment. It will mount on your typical 4 x 4 inch junction box.
Users say that it was a lot cheaper and easier to purchase one of these oil burner controls than having to actually replace the entire furnace. Some users say that unless you are a professional, it makes sense to check in with a furnace repair man and ensure that this is the part you actually need to get your furnace running away like it too.
That said, you don't want to end up relying on someone is gonna charge you upwards of a thousand bucks to a simple install for you but you could probably do yourself.
Most people said that the install was pretty simple- saying that if you can operate a simple screwdriver then you can install one of these oil burner controls.
They advise that you have to have the circuit breaker turned off before you start the install and that it should only take about half an hour to get the job done.
Watch a Honeywell oil burner control installed
- Pretty simple install
- Inexpensive compared to professional maintenance
- Not guaranteed to solve your burner problem if you've misdiagnosed it to begin with!
The Anatomy Of An Oil Burner
If you're looking to purchase an oil burner control, It pays to do the research. If you're a professional and are comfortable working with oil burners, you undoubtedly know and understand the furnace system.
However if you are just regular homeowner trying to avoid having a furnace repair person charge you an extraordinary amount of money to do some simple maintenance on your oil burner that you can do yourself, first ensure that an oil birth control is the component that you require.
We advise purchasing a Honeywell product because of their quality.
Then make sure that you understand how to perform the oil burner control installation-check out some YouTube videos so that you are completely apprised of how to do this safely.